Today we round out our journey with #10 on the list of wardrobe essentials: The trench coat.
I love trench coats. I own four.
- A long, black traditional version with a zip-out lining for colder weather. I’ve had this coat for about 20 years.
A Calvin Klein, knee-length, dove gray linen-weave version. Very structured, but the color gives it character.
An above-the-knee, blush, lightweight poplin version with shirring at the waist and a kicky skirt that I found on the Gap clearance rack for $13. (Thank you, darling daughter. “Mom, you HAVE to buy this!”)
A Liz Claiborne, knee-length black nylon version that keeps me fashionable, even when it’s raining cats and dogs.
But I still don’t have the end-all, beat-all trench of trenches – the Burberry (pictured above).
The trench coat was originally created by Thomas Burberry for the British Army officers during WWI. It was designed to keep them warm and dry in the trenches, and every element had a purpose. The epaulets held gloves or a hat; the D rings on the belt secured grenades; the large pockets held maps and extra ammo. The issue coats were long to keep the soldiers dry, and they would then have them shortened for their everyday coat when they returned home from the war.
The trench coat can be worn over a dress or jeans. And regardless of your style – from conservative to funky – there’s a trench for everyone. Now is a great time to start looking for yours!